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Dive Review of Captain Don's Habitat in
Bonaire

Captain Don's Habitat: "An old favorite", Aug, 2017,

by Marlene Dowell, MD, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9941 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We have been to Bonaire multiple times and have stayed at Captain Don's 5 or 6 times. The diving there is easy, the equipment area and gearing up area are located close to the water and are covered (that is, not out in the sun). There are a variety of room types available, from just a "hotel" room to cottages with 2 bedrooms. The grounds are well kept up and we had no problems with our particular quarters. The house restaurant is OK, but we chose to eat at other restaurants most nights. New restaurants seem to be coming all the time and some we remembered from other trips are gone. There were plenty to choose from.
As far as fish life, there weren't too many large animals. A few turtles and rays. The house reef at Captain Don's (Rif Scientifico) had plentiful fish life, especially if you go out at about 4 p.m. which seems to be dinner time. Lots going on then.
Coral - not the best in the Caribbean, but not awful.
We did mostly shore diving and opted for 2 boat dives to provide variety. The boat we were on could take 14 divers, I think.
We did not see any lionfish (!) although dive masters said there are some.
If you are a person who likes to dive on their own schedule, Captain Don's is a good fit.
Websites Captain Don's Habitat   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Solomon Islands, Red Sea, Hawaii, North Carolina
Closest Airport BON Getting There Delta flight through Atlanta. No problems.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational diving limits (130 ft). No gloves, since it is a marine sanctuary.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large rinse tank for cameras in the dock area. No tables for cameras on the boats, but separate rinse bucket.
I think the lighting in the rooms has been improved, which helps when setting up cameras.
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